London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
ROCQUE, John (c.1704-1762). An exact survey of the cities of London and Westminster, the borough of Southwark, with the country near ten miles round; begun in 1741, finished in 1745 ... Engrav'd by Richard Parr, and printed by W. Pratt. London: J. Rocque, 1746 [but 1747]. 2° (516 x 373mm), very large engraved plan within engraved ornamental border on 16 double-page sheets, title in English, Latin and French, printed in red and black, emblematic group in cartouche at upper border surmounted by arms of the City of London, leaf with subscribers' list and index of towns and villages to verso. (Without the dedication to Lord Burlington, a few very minor marginal nicks and tears to a couple of sheets, light variable browning and offsetting.) 19th-century purple half roan (rubbed, head and tail of spine defective with short splits to joints).
'Rocque's famous map includes several of the new features he introduced to English cartography. The hilly ground behind the Royal Hospital [Greenwich, sheet II] ... shows to dramatic effect in his technique of hachure, while most of his land-use symbols are included -- marsh, market garden, orchard, ploughland, park and common' (Glanville). Glanville 28; Howgego 94 (2).
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